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Coast Union girls honored by coach, league for basketball

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The Coast Valley League-winning Coast Union girls basketball team met at the school library Sunday, March 4 for its annual awards banquet. Back row, from left: Assistant coach Brian Wright, Alondra Mercado, Angelique Gutierrez, Kaylee Ferguson, Karis Lawson, Bella Raethke, Meg Stern, head coach Keith Stowers. Front row, from left: Ellie Kennedy, Jackie Happel, and Zoe Markham.
The Coast Valley League-winning Coast Union girls basketball team met at the school library Sunday, March 4 for its annual awards banquet. Back row, from left: Assistant coach Brian Wright, Alondra Mercado, Angelique Gutierrez, Kaylee Ferguson, Karis Lawson, Bella Raethke, Meg Stern, head coach Keith Stowers. Front row, from left: Ellie Kennedy, Jackie Happel, and Zoe Markham.

Following a season in which Coast Union’s girls basketball team ran the table in the Coast Valley League (10-0) and put up a robust, impressive challenge against a big-school opponent in Round 2 of the CIF Division 5 playoffs, coach Keith Stowers announced team awards at a banquet Sunday, March 4, in the school library.

Juniors Karis Lawson and Kaylee Ferguson shared MVP honors. Lawson was also named the MVP of the Coast Valley League and honored as team captain.

Ferguson was named to the sll-CVL first team. Sophomore Alondra Mercado was named Most Improved Player by Stowers, and received honorable Mention from the CVL. Senior Meg Stern, who sings the national anthem before Coast Union games, was named to the all-CVL second team, while

Sophomore Ellie Kennedy was named to the all-CVL second team, and first-year head coach Stowers was voted Coach of the Year by the other coaches in the CVL. In an email interview, Stowers said, “I guess if you got the best players and you win league, they give you a plaque that says ‘Coach of the Year.’”

Stern and fellow senior Zoe Markham announced that “This is our favorite varsity team we’ve ever played on. We will miss seeing the players and coach Keith and assistant coach Brian every day at practice.”

“These are the best coaches we’ve ever learned from, practiced with, and played for,” the seniors explained.

Overall, the Lady Broncos finished 13-8, and except for seniors Stern and Markham, Stowers has the heart of his team back next season.

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